NEWARK – The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has proposed new rules and amendments regarding continuing education for licensed athletic trainers.
The proposed amendments require licensed athletic trainers applying for reinstatement or reactivation of a license to submit documentation indicating that they completed continuing education requirements.
The proposed new rules require licensed athletic trainers to complete 24 continuing education credits every biennial license renewal period, of which at least two credits must be related to concussions and head injuries. Licensed athletic trainers will also be required to maintain current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of an automated external defibrillator.
The proposed new rules also establish the methods by which licensed athletic trainers may satisfy continuing education requirements. At least 12 continuing education credits must be obtained from continuing education courses of providers approved by the National Athletic Trainers Association Board of Certification or from graduate courses given by a school, college, or university.
Under the proposed new rules, the Board would randomly audit licensed athletic trainers to determine compliance with continuing education requirements. The rule also establishes the documentation licensed athletic trainers will be required to maintain to verify completion of continuing education requirements and requires licensed athletic trainers to submit this documentation to the Board upon request.
The proposed new rules and amendments, and information on how to submit a comment by September 3, 2016, can be viewed at: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Proposals/Pages/07052016-Athletic-Trainers-Proposal.aspx